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Frank Morelli

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Frank Morelli
Associate Professor Adjunct of Music Yale School of Music
At YSM Since: 1994
I look forward to joining my students on the path to accomplishing their full potential as bassoonists and artists. Even in the most difficult moments this pursuit should be joyful as well as challenging.

Frank Morelli

I look forward to joining my students on the path to accomplishing their full potential as bassoonists and artists. Even in the most difficult moments this pursuit should be joyful as well as challenging.

Described by the American Record Guide as “as good as it gets,” bassoonist Frank Morelli enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, recording artist, and educator. He is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the woodwind quintet Windscape, an ensemble-in-residence at the Manhattan School of Music. Morelli has made nine appearances at Carnegie Hall performing concertos, sinfonias concertante, and even a solo with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. 

At the Yale School of Music, Morelli teaches a studio of graduate-level bassoon students. He has been featured several times on Yale’s Faculty Artist Series and performs and teaches in the summers at the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Morelli has recorded four solo CDs on the MSR Classics label: From the Heart: 20th Century Music for Bassoon and Piano and Romance and Caprice with pianist Gilbert Kalish, Bassoon Brasileiro with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Yale School of Music faculty guitarist Ben Verdery, and Baroque Fireworks, with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and Yale School of Music faculty oboist Stephen Taylor and faculty bassist Donald Palma.He is featured on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra CD Shadow Dances, which won a 2001 Grammy Award.

Morelli studied with Stephen Maxym at the Manhattan School of Music and later became the first bassoonist to be awarded a doctorate by The Juilliard School. He currently serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook. He is the editor of The First Complete Weissenborn Bassoon Method and Studies, Op. 8, Vols. 1&2 and Ludwig Milde’s Scale and Chord Studies, Op. 24 (Carl Fischer) and Stravinsky: Difficult Passages for Bassoon and has had several transcriptions for bassoon and woodwind quintet published by TrevCo-Varner Music.

Performances
Marlboro Music Festival, Banff Centre, Music@Menlo, Festival Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York City Opera